The sports utility vehicles (SUV), minivans and trucks have higher risk of rolling over compared to other types of vehicles. They also have higher fatality rates for their occupants and have higher death rates than other passenger cars.
But, according to studies, SUVs have a greater tendency to roll over than trucks and minivans because of its larger size, higher center of gravity, fault or flaw in the design, and fragile roofs.
Although sports utility vehicles are designed to be higher and faster than other vehicles, it is vital that manufacturers specifically, should follow standards to ensure safety and to avoid accidents. However, SUV roll over incidents increase each year which only shows that manufacturers and producers have made little effort in manufacturing high quality SUVs.
Every year, there are thousands of people who suffer severe and chronic injuries because of weak roofs that collapse during rollovers. According to statistics from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), about 80 percent of people die as a result of rollover roof crush.
In addition, there are also reports that for over four decades now, some car industries continuously manufacture cars with low-grade roofs that collapse when car rolls over.
Moreover, there are also SUVs that are not equipped with roll bars or other safety equipments.
Because of the weakness of these roofs and lack of protection devices, SUV occupants are seriously hurt and even killed whenever a rollover accident happens.
SUV Rollover Dangers
Certainly, any rollover accident particularly SUV rollover is accompanied with threatening hazards. Typically, victims suffer lower-cervical neck fractures, head injuries, brain damage, back injuries and lifelong or permanent paralysis.
Aside from serious and fatal injuries that a victim may suffer, it would definitely affect his life as well as his normal living. Even the victim's family will be affected because of economic loss.
Additionally, victims may also suffer emotional trauma or feel unsafe because of near death experience.
Rollover Accident Claim
If you are a victim of SUV rollover, you may claim reimbursement for medical expenses, loss of earnings, property damage and pain and suffering.
In pursuing claims, holding the manufacturers responsible on their part and considering what you have lost can be good grounds.
In California Courts of Appeal, there are jurisdictions that allow suits which instability at high and low speeds are not only the basis. This is called "crashworthiness doctrine," from which lack of safety cage protection, faulty, or defective belt and fragile or weak roof, are used as basis to hold the vehicle manufacturers liable for the accident.
To further strengthen your claim, you need to seek assistance of a duly qualified legal advocate. Personal injury lawyers who specialize in SUV rollover cases could be the best to represent your case.
Lawyers will assure you that you will receive the highest possible amount of compensation you deserve.